The Okinawa Research Center for Longevity Science
The Okinawa Research Center for Longevity Science (ORCLS) is a leading non-profit biomedical research institute built on the foundation of the OkinawaCentenarian Study (OCS), the longest, continuously running study of hundred-year-olds in the world (established 1975). The ORCLS was officially established in1997 by Dr. Makoto Suzuki, the Principal Investigator of the Okinawa CentenarianStudy (OCS), to continue research on Okinawan centenarians after Dr. Suzuki'sretirement from University of the Ryukyus, Faculty of Medicine, where the OCSwas conducted until 1997. Since then the ORCLS has been working together withUniversity of the Ryukyus, Faculty of Medicine (Okinawa), Okinawa InternationalUniversity, Department of Human Welfare (Okinawa), Pacific Health ResearchInstitute (Hawaii), John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii atManoa (Hawaii), and Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology (Tokyo).Supports have been provided by Japan Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare;Japan Society for the Promotion of Science; Japan Ministry of Education, Culture,Sports, Science and Technology; Prefectural Government of Okinawa, and mostrecently, by the US National Institute on Aging/National Institutes of Health. Themain study carried out by ORCLS, the Okinawa Centenarian Study, is a population-based study of hundred-year-olds (centenarians) and other elderly in Okinawa,Japan. The study began in 1976, after the Japan Ministry of Health, Labour andWelfare confirmed initial reports of outstanding health and long life in Okinawathrough validation of birth certificates and other statistical data. Today, Okinawais known as the region with one of the world`s longest life expectancies, as well asthe largest number of centenarians per 100,000 population; and OCS hasinvestigated over 900 centenarians. Studies have concentrated on the genetics,diets, functional abilities, cognitive abilities and psychology of the centenarians.
Mission and Goals
The mission of the Okinawa Research Center for Longevity Science is to carry outcutting edge research on factors associated with healthy aging and to providescientific, evidence-based information on health and longevity to the public, as